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From: Rick Nagin

Sisters and Brothers --

The Ohio AFL-CIO and former Gov. Ted Strickland are calling on all supporters of the rights of public employees to bargain collectively and continue providing vital community services to a gigantic rally at the Statehouse Tuesday at 1 pm.   The action will protest SB 5, a vicious Republican bill to repeal the 27-year-old public employee collective bargaining law.  Thousands have already converged on the capital at hearings on the bill, which began over a week ago.  The hearings will resume at 4 pm Tuesday and continue through the evening.

Many unions, both in the public and private sectors, will be sending buses from all corners of the state.  OAPSE, the union of public school employees, is sending 15 buses from seven cities.  Other unions, including TWU, SEIU, UAW, OFT have buses going as well.  In Cleveland buses gotten by the North Shore AFL-CIO will leave starting at 10:30 am and continuing up until noon from Laborers Local 310, 3250 Euclid Ave.  You are urged to call 216-881-7200 Monday to reserve a seat.

Because of the uproar unleashed by SB 5 as well similar legislation in Wisconsin and other states a number of Republicans are wavering about supporting the bill.  You are urged to call or email them to voice your opposition.  Here is the list which can be forwarded to all interested:

Kevin Bacon: (614) 466-8064, SD03@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Tom Patton: (614) 466-8056, SD24@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Karen Gillmor:(614) 466-8049, SD26@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Jim Hughes: (614) 466-5981, SD16@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Gayle Manning:(614) 644-7613, SD13@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Bill Beagle: (614) 466-6247, SD05@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Mark Wagner:(614) 466-8060, SD02@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Mark LaRose: (614) 466-4823, SD27@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Peggy Lehner:(614) 466-4538, SD06@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Bill Seitz:(614) 466-8068, SD08@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us
Jimmy Stewart:(614) 466-8076, SD20@senate.http://www.facebook.com/l/6936e_-d4UCKgunN_noC9hPvTug/state.oh.us

You can also follow the national fight on this issue at the We Are One Facebook site set up by the AFL-CIO.
The Steelworkers are also calling on supporters of organized labor to register support for public employee collective bargaining rights in an online poll started by the Wall Street Journal.  While the poll started out 10 to one opposed, this has come down to 60% opposition.  You can help beat them on their own turf at:


The poll is partway down on the left side of the story.

Rick Nagin

Promueve la diversidad dentro de nuestra propia comunidad hispana en cualquier lugar de EE.UU. / Promote diversity even among our own Hispanic Community anywhere in the USA.
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